DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Nationwide, about one million children ages five to 11 have received the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which became available for that age group last Friday. However, Alabama children have contributed less than half a percent to that number.
Around Alabama, only 416 doses have been administered to children ages five to 11, and a little more than 131,000 doses have been given out to children ages 12-17.
Of the 416 doses, Dr. Elizabeth Dawson says that her clinic in Troy, Alabama has administered about 40 doses, and has not received any callbacks in regards to side effects.
“So I really haven’t had anyone call back with any side effects so far,” Dr. Dawson said.
Dr. Dawson says that her clinic received 300 doses for children aged 5 to 11 on Monday as its initial shipment. And as they begin to run out of doses, they will receive additional shipments.
With the approval of the vaccine for kids, parents are still hesitant to have their children vaccinated. One reason could be how recently it was approved.
“So anytime there is something new and there is kids involved, parents want to be cautious about it and want to make sure they are making a good decision for their child,” Dr. Dawson said.
Here in the Wiregrass, WDHN has had several people reach out on our Facebook page and say that they have had their children vaccinated and haven’t seen an adverse reaction to the vaccine.
Dr. Dawson says that we will hopefully see more children vaccinated when parents start talking about their vaccination on the playground.
“I got it. I’m doing fine.” Dr. Dawson said. “They want to be protected too so they may start talking to their parents. Hopefully, the parents will talk to a trusted medical source if they have questions. We are happy to answer any questions.”
As WDHN previously reported, children ages 5 to 11 receive the orange-colored vile of the Pfizer vaccine dose because it is about one-third of the adult dose.